Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fourth Antiphon

Fourth Antiphon O Clavis David et Sceptrum domus Israël, qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit; veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Key of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel! who openest, and no man shutteth: who shuttest, and no man openeth; come […]

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh; come, let us adore. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. xlii. Ch. xlii. Ecce servus meus, suscipiam eum; electus meus, complacuit sibi in illo anima mea: dedi spiritum meum super eum, judicium gentibus proferet. Non clamabit, neque accipiet personam; nec audietur vox […]

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Third Antiphon

Third Antiphon O radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges o ssuum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. O Root of Jesse, who standest as the standard of the people; before whom Kings shall not open their lips; to whom the nations shall pray: come and deliver […]

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Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh; come, let us adore. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. xli. Ch. xli. Et tu, Israël, serve meus, Jacob quem elegi, semen Abraham amici mei: in quo apprehendi te ab extremis terræ, et a longinquis ejus vocavi te, et dixi tibi: Servus […]

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Violet Privileged Sunday of the Second Class (Semidouble) (If this Sunday fall on the 24th of December, it is omitted that year; and in its place is said the Office of Christmas Eve, which is given here) We have now entered into the week which immediately precedes the Birth of the Messias. That long-desired Coming […]

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Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Feast, which is now kept, not only throughout the whole of Spain, but in almost all the Churches of the Catholic world, owes its origin to the Bishops of the tenth Council of Toledo, in 656. These Prelates having thought that there was an incongruity in the ancient practice of celebrating the feast of […]

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Second Antiphon

Second Antiphon O Adonai, et dux domus Israël, qui Moysi in igne flammæ rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti; veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extenso. O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel, who appearedst to Moses in the fire of the flaming bush, and gavest to him the law on […]

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday in Ember Week

Violet Fast and Partial Abstinence Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh; come, let us adore. The Lessons from the Prophet Isaias are interrupted today also; and a Homily on the Gospel of the Mass is read in their place. As this Gospel is repeated in the Mass of the fourth […]

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The Commencement of the Great Antiphons

The Church enters today on the seven days which precede the Vigil of Christmas, and which are known in the Liturgy under the name of the Greater Ferias. The ordinary of the Advent Office becomes more solemn; the Antiphons of the Psalms both for Lauds and the Hours of the day are proper, and allude […]

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday in Ember Week

Violet Fast and Full Abstinence Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh: come, let us adore. The Church does not read anything from the Prophet Isaias today; she merely gives, in the Office of Matins, a sentence of that chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel which relates the mystery of our Lady’s […]

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